Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs for winning the 2014 NBA title and adorning Tim Duncan's thumb with a ring.
While they're celebrating, let's look ahead.
Is it way too soon to be thinking about the championship odds for the 2014-15 season? Absolutely, but that doesn't mean they're any less interesting and informative. Especially because these odds are breaking down and factoring in expected offseason trends.
Every franchise will undergo significant roster movement during the offseason, whether through players retiring, major trades, free-agent losses, subsequent free-agent signings and draft picks. The landscape of the NBA could significantly shift, and future odds will account for any surprises, but the expected moves and player development are all factored in here.
Are the Spurs favorites? Even after their dominant performance in these Finals, maybe not. After all, there's no guarantee that some of the most prominent players are even in the NBA for the 2014-15 campaign, and that's saying nothing of a roster that continues to age.
Maybe San Antonio opens its title defense in the No. 1 spot. Maybe it doesn't.
You'll have to find out, because these are championship odds, not power rankings.